Natural Hair Profile: Andreanna from Ocho Rios

Natural Hair Feature

Name: Adreanna Chin

Occupation: Student

From: Ocho Rios but currently living in Montego Bay

Natural Since: June, 2013 

Bantu Knots on freshly washed hair
Bantu Knots on freshly washed hair – one of her favourite low manipulation hairstyles.

KiK:  When and why did you go natural?

Andreanna: I’ve attempted to return to my natural roots several times and ended up succumbing to the creamy crack! However, finally on June 1, 2013 my best friend and I went to a salon and we chopped it all off (the ladies that were getting their hair done were so disappointed in us).

I decided to go natural out of curiosity of my natural texture. Also, I remember hearing a comment stating that too much water can rotten cream hair (I’m not sure how true that is) and thought to myself, water is the purest thing out there, that shouldn’t be the case – that did it for me.

My second scalp baring BIG CHOP.
The second scalp baring BIG CHOP. This picture was taken on the second day after my big chop after she attempted to “remove the ponytail”

KiK:  How did you go from relaxed to natural?

Andreanna:  Well I’ve transitioned several times. I’ve been big chopped before and failed miserably and went back to the creamy crack. Then realisation struck that I have absolutely no patience to transition so that’s when the decision was made to big chop. When I stepped out of the salon with my new big chop I felt the breeze on my scalp and I freaked out a bit. LOL. I’ve never experienced anything like that before because I’ve never had my hair so low. Things then got even weirder, you know, how when you have a headache so you pull out your ponytail? Well, the morning after the big chop I was having a headache so I reached to pull out my “ponytail” and laughed at myself when I felt my scalp and remembered that I don’t have one.

Marley braids extensions
Marley braids extensions

KiK:  What is your current hair regimen? 

Andreanna:

*Cleanse once per week and only shampoo if there is a lot of product build up

* Deep condition every other week

*Detangling hair ONLY when it is soaking wet and laden in conditioner using a Denman brush. I detangle from ends to roots

*Moisturise using the LOC  (leave in conditioner, Oil, Cream) method

*Sleeping in a satin bonnet every night to protect the ends

*LOTS of low manipulation hairstyles. On a normal day you might see me in bantu knots or in two strand twists.

Simple updo with a Woogie as a hair accessory
Simple updo with a Woogie as a hair accessory

KiK:  What are your favourite products that you use?

Andreanna: I usually use natural items, I adore coconut oil, shea butter, almond oil, aloe vera, avocado, honey and plain yogurt. However, when there isn’t time to prepare the natural products my go-to include: Kumea’s Hair perspective Strawberry Kurls Curl Definer ( I swear by this product!), Kumea’s Hair perspective Fruity Delight Conditioning Hair Mist, Cantu Shea butter Deep treatment masque, Kinky Curly Leave in conditioner, Jamaican Mongo and Lime Transition Natural No More Relaxer New growth crème.

Three day old wash and go with my box coloured hair
Three day old wash and go with my box coloured hair

KiK:  What is your favourite hairstyle and how do you achieve and maintain it?

Andreanna: Hmmm. I love a good wash-and-go. To achieve that look I wash my hair and detangle while it’s soaking wet then I squeeze the excess water out and dry with a cotton T-shirt. Then, oils are applied (usually a mixture of coconut and almond oil) to the root and ends of my hair. Afterwards I moisturise my hair then divide it into sections and apply the Kumea Strawberry curl definer and that’s it!

Big afro, hair stretched using the Denman brush
Big afro, hair stretched using the Denman brush

KiK: Have you ever coloured your hair? If yes, how did affect your hair and what advice do you have for others who want to colour their natural hair?

Andreanna: Yes my hair has been coloured before. I didn’t see any huge negative effects to my hair. If anything, it really highlighted the curls. I used a box colour (Clairol Textures and Tones) – Bleach wasn’t used, it was done at home with the help of mummy.

My advice would be to read the instructions on the box and follow them carefully.

Wash and go using Kumea Hair Perspective Stawberry Kurls curl definer to define hair
Wash and go using Kumea Hair Perspective Stawberry Kurls curl definer to define hair

KiK: What advice do you have for others who are newly natural or struggling to stay natural?

Andreanna: Nothing worth having comes easily. Take the time out to educate yourself on the beautiful texture that you have growing out of your scalp. The web is your playground- utilise YouTube and follow natural hair vloggers for tips and ideas (heyfranhey, naptural85, sunkissalba). It’s normal to feel like giving up but push through- the results will be worth it. Also don’t focus on length or “hair typing” focus on maintaining healthy hair and what works best for you.

Three strand twist out
Three strand twist out

KiK:  Thanks for doing this feature. Where can we keep up with you or your 
hair journey online? 

Andreanna: Thank you for considering me. You can find me on Instagram @AndreannaChin

KiK:  Thanks again and all the best in your continued natural hair journey.

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